• June 2022
  • Nationwide

Maria Stuarda

Two Queens. One Catholic and Scottish, one Protestant and English. One in prison at the other’s behest.

A man between them balancing loyalty and love. And an impassioned insult — “Vile bastard” — that leads to the scaffold. The insult was so potent that the first performance of Donizetti’s lyrical tragedy was cancelled at the last minute in Naples through royal intervention. A toned-down revision went awry in Milan the following year when the great Maria Malibran chose to sing the original words. More than century would pass before the work would finally make its way into the operatic mainstream.

Maria Stuarda In Focus, an online introduction to the opera, takes place on 30 May 2022. More information to be announced.



“a perfect example of bel canto style, telling a vivid dramatic story through music that glories in the possibilities of the human voice” - David McVicar
“Her soprano was full, rounded and sumptuous and she met the most soaring lines and difficult phrases with a sound that felt as smooth as it was accurate” - musicOMH on Anna Devin
“Erraught has a bright mezzo with an appealing gleam in her upper registers, where her dynamic control is also exceptional . . . She’s also a fine vocal actor, nicely alert to mood and psychology” - The Guardian on Tara Erraught

Cast and Creative Team


Maria Stuarda Tara Erraught
Elisabetta Anna Devin 5, 9, 11, 15, 19 JUNE
Elisabetta Amy Ní  Fhearraigh 7, 16 JUNE
Anna Gemma Ní Bhriain
Leicester Arthur Espiritu
Cecil Giorgio Caoduro
Talbot Callum Thorpe

Creative Team

Conductor Fergus Sheil
Director Tom Creed
Set & Costume Designer Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna
Chorus Director Elaine Kelly
Répétiteur Aoife O'Sullivan
Irish National Opera Orchestra
Irish National Opera Chorus